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Stotz Racing prepares for 2006 AMA/Prostar Drag Racing Championship in Gainesville

Honda Rider’s Club of America-sponsored Stotz Racing concluded three weekends of back-to-back exhibition racing with promising results as the team prepares for the final round of the 2006 AMA/Prostar Drag Racing Championship in Gainesville, Fla., November 3-5.

Team owner Kent Stotz traveled to Milan Dragway in Michigan on September 22-24 for an exhibition of the top Pro Street bikes at Race Warz II. Despite predictions of rain, the fans turned out by the thousands. Stotz rolled out the turbocharged, 440-horsepower CBR1000RR—the first factory-backed liter bike in Pro Street trim—with the goal of assessing the bike’s development progress. Stotz qualified well with a 7.64 ET (the quickest to date for the CBR) but unfortunately he red-lighted the semi-final while testing some new clutch components.

Then it was on to Englishtown, N.J. for the 5th annual NHRA Sport Compact Fallnationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, September 30 – October 1. The exhibition event brought together the fastest Pro Street field in history as the top six qualifiers ran ETs between 7.35 - 7.45 seconds. The showdown between past champs Stotz and Barry Henson—owner of Velocity Racing Turbo Systems and a Stotz Racing sponsor—was highly anticipated because Henson was riding his team’s bike for the first time this year and Stotz was riding the 550- horsepower CBR1100XX that had set consistent 7.2-second ETs earlier in the year.

“In testing, we both ran super-low 1/8-mile ETs,” said Stotz. “Barry ran a 4.84 and we ran a 4.85. We each qualified and won our first round, then in the second round semi-final, Barry ran a very fast 7.2-second ET but we spun the tire and a comparable time was not in the cards for us that day.”

Undaunted, Stotz then took the team to Byron Raceway in Illinois for an exhibition race at the 12th Annual World Power Wheel Standing Championship. Stotz ran both Hondas in front of the 10,000 fans. The CBR1000RR, piloted by Stotz, qualified first while the CBR1100XX, guided by former teammate T.J. Hofmeister, was right behind in second. In round one of eliminations, Stotz posted the fastest ET of the year for the CBR1000RR with a time of 7.57 seconds. Due to deteriorating track conditions and the onset of darkness, the remaining rounds were not conducted.

“It has been an exhausting month but we are making great progress with the CBR1000RR,” said Stotz. “Velocity Racing is really helping us with our turbo combination and Falicon has developed the super-duty connecting rods that hold up under extreme combustion pressures. I want to thank Joe Rocket for outfitting us with some top-notch competition gear, especially their boots. Everyone asks me about them. And I can’t say enough about our title sponsor, the Honda Rider’s Club of America. They have provided us with tremendous support this year, particularly since we are running two bikes. We will give our fans and sponsors a great show at the AMA/Prostar World Championship in Gainesville and, more importantly, we plan to reward them Stotz Racing’s fifth championship in 2007.”

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About Stotz Racing
Stotz Racing is at the forefront of street tire motorcycle drag racing in America. Formed by renowned motorcycle drag racer Kent Stotz in 1995, Stotz Racing earned AMA Prostar Street Bike Shootout titles in 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2002. In 2004, Stotz Racing’s turbocharged Honda CBR1100XX became the first Street Bike to set the 200 mph record (7.25 seconds at 200.49 mph). Stotz currently holds the official ET record in the Pro Street class at 7.335 seconds. Sponsored by the Honda Rider’s Club of America, Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals, Velocity Racing Turbo Systems, Joe Rocket, Pingel Enterprises, Star Racing, JE Pistons, RC Components, Air-Tech Streamlining, Falicon Crankshaft Components, Schaumburg Honda, HyperPro Racing Suspension, Scorpion EXO and BST Wheels, Stotz Racing is also the record holder of the AMA Prostar Horsepower Challenge in the Import V-Twin Cruiser Open class on a Honda VTX1800.


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